Free Data-Management Tool

I've heard that the federal government is hosting a free Web-based data tool for schools that's supposed to help with NCLB reporting requirements. Do you know anything about it?

In order to help districts meet the reporting requirements of No Child Left Behind, the U.S. Department of Education has partnered with the Broad Foundation, Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Services, and Just for the Kids to launch a new online data-management tool for parents and educators.

The plan is to have data posted for all 50 states by December 2004. Parents can visit the site to compare achievement levels at various schools and school administrators are able to use the tool to analyze current data and project improvement targets. District use of the tool is voluntary and will be free of charge for the first two years. Watch for updates on the U.S. Department of Education Web site at

Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young

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